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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Slave Play

Kit Harington and Olivia Washington in Slave Play.

Until Sept 21
85-88 St Martin's Ln, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4AP, UK

Set in a Southern plantation turned therapy center, Slave Play tells the story of three interracial couples who hope to improve their sex lives through “antebellum sex therapy”—various iterations of plantation-era role play. Written by the playwright and actor Jeremy O’Harris when he was still a student at the Yale School of Drama, the play premiered Off Broadway in 2018. Controversial, challenging, and undeniably creative, the Broadway production of Slave Play was nominated for 12 Tony Awards in 2020. “No theatrical work in recent memory has had [its] seismic impact,” the critic Charles McNulty wrote in 2022. Nevertheless, the play receives mixed reactions from both Black and white audiences. Now premiering in London, the cast of Slave Play includes alumni from the New York production, such as James Cusati-Moyer and Chalia La Tour, as well as new faces Olivia Washington, the daughter of Denzel Washington, and Kit Harington, who played Jon Snow in HBO’s Games of Thrones. Robert O’Hara directs. —Jeanne Malle

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